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  • 2001: A Space Odyssey
  • Suspiria
  • Kissed
  • Inside Llewyn Davis

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  • The House

    ★★★★½

  • The Unknown

    ★★½

  • Session 9

    ★★★½

  • Adrift

    ★★½

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  • Onibaba

    Onibaba

    ★★★★½

    The mask on the poster and in the film is a Hannya mask, used in certain Japanese theatre. While the name comes from the word for “wise” it’s not referring to the mask itself, but supposedly to the artist who made it. Focusing on the wisdom needed to perfect the design.

    The mask is used to portray women who have become demons due to jealousy, but there’s so much more depth than just some troll with horns. Look at it…

  • The Passion of Joan of Arc

    The Passion of Joan of Arc

    ★★★★★

    Fuck me, this movie is amazing. I mean, where do you even begin with this?

    Despite being overwhelmingly shot in close-up, the cinematography offers a crazy level of variety throughout. Each shot is framed and lit perfectly to inform character and drama. Just fantastic.

    But it doesn't start or end at the visuals. This is a screenplay devoted to dry and sterile historical legal documents. The artistry comes from the director's, actors' and cinematographer's interpretation of the emotions coming from…

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  • The House

    The House

    ★★★★½

    An anthology mostly glued together by all three stories being about a house. But they're also connected via the simple, creepy, bizarre storybookish premises their stories have in common.

    And holy shit is the first one superior.

    Directed by Emma De Swaef and Marc James Roels, who also made the incredible This Magnificent Cake together. It really isn't fair to the other parts of The House.

    Amazing gothic atmosphere in that fully controlled miniature setting. The freakiest, most beautiful animated…

  • Voyage of Time: The IMAX Experience

    Voyage of Time: The IMAX Experience

    ★★★★

    The most pretentious documentary I've ever seen. And why not?

    The massive universe the plot to The Tree of Life was a microcosm of is a pretty good excuse to be pretentious. And if you lean into it, it's kind of beautiful. Not just to look at.

    Terrence Malick doesn't really seem to have any deeper knowledge of the origin of the universe than us common folk. He's obviously not a scientist that could enlighten us with a documentary. But…

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  • Mary Shelley

    Mary Shelley

    ★★★

    Mary Shelley was a complex woman. She was interesting and had strong opinions and believed in her values. This is not Mary Shelley, and frankly, I'm sick and tired of these fairytale versions of actual people and events.

    Do these people think that we, the audience, can't connect with, and empathize with a person with complicated, real emotions? Do they think we can't understand the sometimes differing moral values of a person from a different time?

    Mary Shelley and her…

  • Tench

    Tench

    ★★★★

    Tench is an empathetic and sad portrait of a man being a victim of his own desire. He's given a second chance by society, but his past and his very nature is again brought forth when he falls in love with a nine year old girl. I don't think I've seen a movie about paedophilia before that wasn't also on some level provocative and Bold, with a capital b.

    Amazing acting and genuinely sensitive scenes depicting someone uncontrollably falling in…